Russian hackers targeted internet routers worldwide in apparent spy campaign, say U.S. and U.K.

Hackers backed by the Russian government carried out a coordinated campaign against internet traffic routers used in small offices and residences worldwide, cybersecurity officials from the U.S. and U.K. said Monday. The hackers targeted network infrastructure in the public and private sectors with the potential goals of espionage and the theft of intellectual property, the officials from the White House, Department of Homeland Security, FBI and Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) told reporters. It’s the first time U.S. and British governments have issued such a joint alert. The announcement comes as Western countries continue to sound the alarm about Russian cyber-aggression. The U.S. sanctioned several Russian oligarchs earlier this month in part because of that country’s malicious actions in cyberspace. The alert was pre-planned and the U.S. and U.K. have been coordinating its release for a long time, the officials said. NCSC head Ciaran Martin said that the British agency has … Continue reading Russian hackers targeted internet routers worldwide in apparent spy campaign, say U.S. and U.K.